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Friday, February 11, 2011

French Fridays with Dorie: Orange- Almond Tart


This is my first week cooking along with the online group, "French Friday's with Dorie" where we cook through Dorie Greenspan's amazing new cookbook, Around my French Table. For those of you not familiar with the wonderful Dorie Greenspan, you can read more about her here.  Her cookbooks really teach you how to cook and take the time to explain each complicated step so you are not left hanging if you are whipping up a multi-step layer cake or a complicated French pastry.  I was very excited to hear that she had released a cookbook on French cooking because I knew she, if anyone, would be able to walk me through it in a way that would not end in dismal failure! My sweet husband gave me her cookbook for Christmas and so here I am baking my first recipe out of the book, Dorie's Orange Almond Tart.

I relied heavily on my food processor for this one and, again, thanks to Dorie, explaining in-depth what each step should look like, I have a successful tart! This tart uses a sweet crust dough called a pate sablee which basically tastes like a sugar cookie.  You then make an almond cream filling using almond flour, butter and sugar and process that until it forms a sort of paste.  Finally, you layer orange slices on top and bake.  I think this tart would be really good with all different sorts of fruit- especially any type of tart fruit to contrast with the sweetness of the filling and crust.  The almond cream was absolutely delicious, especially when pared with the pate sablee.  I admit, if I were just looking at this recipe, I probably would have just skipped on by it but I'm so glad I was required to make it by being in the group.  Its wonderful and something totally different for me to bake.  I had a lot of fun going through the various steps and watching the tart come together.

I'm looking forward to cooking my way through this book with the rest of the group. Check out some of the other's adventures in tart making here. If you want to join the group and cook along with us click here.  All you need is a copy of the book to begin!

A special thanks to my Dad who found the almond flour for me!  I had no luck finding it in my local grocery stores so he brought it back for me when he was out traveling on business this week and found it at Wegmans! Yay Dad! 


14 comments:

  1. Welcome to the group--your tart looks great!

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  2. Beautiful tart - it was delicious, wasn't it?

    Welcome to the group!

    Cheers,
    Karla

    http://frozenplumb.com

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  3. Lovely job. The sugar cookie crust sounds quite yummy.

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  4. I would have passed by this recipe too! So glad yours turned out so well!

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  5. Welcome to the group! Your tart looks perfect!

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  6. Welcome aboard! This tart was a great kick-off recipe for you & it looks like it worked out beautifully.

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  7. Welcome to the group! Beautiful tart.

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  8. Welcome to FFwD and what a delicious way to start!

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  9. Such a great tart recipe to begin cooking with our group. I enjoy trying new ideas and this group is great to share and to suggest and to cheer you on. Glad you have joined us, and...this tart is fabulous!

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  10. Wow--gorgeous tart! Welcome! Nicely done, Ryan!

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  11. Ryan, Your tart looks lovely! I can't wait to try this with different fruits when it's fresh fruit season again. I was thinking using hazelnuts for the almonds in the filling would be interesting too. Welcome! I look forward to cooking with you.

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  12. From another newbie, welcome to the group! I agree about Dorie's instructions. She's very thorough. There's was one point - and I forget if this was during a crust step or an almond cream step - when she wrote that the food processor would make a different noise and that this is ok. Details like that are so helpful.

    Also, the tart looks amazing!

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  13. You picked a great week to join- this was an amazing recipe that my whole house loved. Can't wait to try it again with other variations. Yours looks amazing !

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  14. Ryan, Welcome to French Fridays! Your tart looks awesome!

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